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Cake decorating tips

June 15th, 2013

Cake decorating is a hobby that I do on and off. (See my works.) It came about after I watched way too many cake shows on TV, and I just kind of taught myself over the years. Though I show off my fondant ones, I actually use frosting a lot too. Here are a few tips on getting pretty cakes with frosting instead of fondant :)

1. Crumbcoat
I always crumbcoat my cakes, whether I use fondant or frosting. A crumbcoat is a thin layer of frosting that traps in the loose crumbs. After your cake is fully cooled, apply a thin and smooth layer of frosting, then refrigerate for about an hour.


What does this do? First, the crumbcoat seals in the cake’s moisture. Second, after you take it out of the fridge, you’ll notice it turns into a solid layer with the loose crumbs stuck in it. It gives you a smooth surface to do the rest of your frosting.

2. Homemade frosting
Not only does homemade frosting taste a billion times better than any store-bought frosting I’ve ever tried, but I also find it easier to spread. Need a recipe? I recommend this one.

3. Icing spatula
If you don’t have a long, flat icing spatula, I would definitely get one! They are great for getting a smooth look. You can find different sized ones in the cake aisle at craft stores.


4. Pile on the frosting
I like to put a bunch of frosting on the cake before I start smoothing it out. I find this easier to do than just putting a little on at a time. A thicker layer of frosting will also be easier to work with than a thinner one.

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This past weekend…

February 4th, 2013

I set up my Miiverse account.
Which is Wii U’s online community. Oh, I should mention; I got a Wii U. There aren’t many Wii U games out right now that I want, so in the mean time, I’m having fun posting random doodles on the Miiverse communities. My username is PuyoDa if you’d like to follow or friend me there!

Wii U sketches

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Delicious art

June 13th, 2012

Recently, I decided to decorate cakes more often, though I wonder if that’s really a good idea. Here I am, trying to eat healthier, yet I always find myself eating the cake scraps that fall off the cakes I carve. It’s so hard to resist. I mean, the scraps end up being thrown away, so… might as well not waste them, right? XD;;

I’ve mentioned before that I make a video game cake for my husband every year. (You can view them on my cake site.) These fondant cakes are very time consuming, usually taking me 3-5 days to make. Because of that, I’ve only been using fondant once a year, just for his birthday.

Well, let me back up a bit, since I often get asked what fondant is. My simplest answer is, “fondant is like solid frosting.” It’s mostly sugar (like frosting) and is totally edible, but it has a clay-like consistency. This lets me roll it out and cover cakes with it, giving the cakes a very smooth look.

And so, I’ve decided to start making fondant cakes for other family members too. They’re not as elaborate as the ones I make my husband. These simpler ones typically take me just a day to make.

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